October 1, 2017

No. 16 Buckeyes Fall at No. 4 Michigan State

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Oct. 1, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State men’s soccer team dropped 5-1 match at No. 4 Michigan State Sunday at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play, while the Spartans improve to 8-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in Big Ten action.

SPARTANS SCORE EARLY
Michigan State scored an early goal against the Buckeye defense in the 14th minute. Connor Corrigan headed in a pass from Ken Krolicki into the back right of net at 13:16.

OHIO STATE EQUALIZER
The Buckeyes tied the game at 1-all in the 40th minute when junior Alex Nichols buried a shot past MSU goalkeeper Jimmy Hague into the back right of net for his first goal of the season. Nate Kohl sent the through ball to the foot of Nichols to the far side of the field after a MSU turnover at 39:08.

SPARTANS REGAIN THE LEAD
Just a minute after the Buckeyes found the equalizer, Michigan State scored its second goal of the half when Ryan Sierakowski netted a score off a rebound at 40:42. At half, shots were 7-2 in favor of the Spartans.

MSU ADDS ON
The Green and White made it a two-goal advantage in the 66th minute when Sierakowski slid in a netter in front of frame after a low cross by DeJuan Jones from the near side at 65:51.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Freshman goalkeeper Xavier Kennedy started the second half for the Buckeyes and made his collegiate debut today. He made three saves in 45 minutes of action.
  • Niall Logue struck a free kick just outside the box in the 53rd minute, but it sailed high over the bar.
  • Kevin Blackwood knocked a shot from distance just left of the near post in the 61st.
  • Michigan State opened the match in the 69th minute when DeJuan Jones scored his fifth goal of the season off a corner kick. The Spartans scored a fifth time in the 88th minute off a header by Michael Beckett.
  • Parker Siegfried falls to 7-2-1 in 2017, making two saves in the first half.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
SHOTS: MSU 14, OSU 7
SAVES: OSU 5, MSU 1
CORNERS: MSU 3 OSU 2

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host No. 3 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.